11 yrs old
This is Salem.
His father was killed in 2006 by Israeli forces on the day of Eid al-Fitr. 6 other people lost their lives on this day.
In 2009 he also lost his older brother and grandmother who were killed by a gas explosion.
For his mother, the death of her husband, her mother and also her eldest child, meant life became almost impossible.
She struggled with grief and with having to provide for her family without support. The family did not have enough money to eat proper meals and her children went without school equipment and new clothes.
Now, thanks to sponsorship from Orphans in Need, all of this has changed…
Sponsorship of Salem has relieved pressure on his mother and the family as a whole. He now receives regular, wholesome meals, and his school fees are covered by the charity.
Salem has said he is happy to go to school in new and tidy uniforms, like the other children – and has spent his sponsor money on new pens and paper for school.